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This summer we would usually be looking forward to the World Cup, but we'll have to wait until November due to FIFA's decision to award it to the footballing hotbed that is Qatar.

As everyone surely knows by now, the regime in Qatar isn't the most savoury one; an army of foreign workers has been called in to build the necessary infrastructure and the construction of the stadiums has come at a tremendous human cost. Like the 1978 tournament, the 2022 World Cup will be an example of sportswashing - a dictatorship using sports to boost its reputation and distract attention away from human rights abuses.

This begs the question of how football fans here should react (it would have been nice if UEFA or the national FAs had done something, but that ship has sailed). The most obvious would be a boycott, but given the sheer pulling power of the World Cup that could be doomed to failure. Otherwise, the tournament could be used to shine a very bright light on the Qatari regime and to make the attempted sportswashing of the regime's reputation blow up in its face. I'm not sure exactly what form that could take though.

It might all sound very political, but this tournament is mired in politics anyway now. Personally I'm not sure I can stomach watching it, but I know many more will. Thoughts?

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Thinking outside the box, if the EU past a directive to say all sporting organisations whose competitions are held in EU countries, need FULL transparency of their financial accounts ( and history thereof). Would UEFA and FIFA then comply?  I would doubt it. A new global football organisation could be set up, fully transparent, maybe set in Brussels or London. Football relies on advertising revenues and am sure the big conglomerates would be willing to ditch FIFA and UEFA for more transparency?

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I just think it is terrible that nobody has done anything about all the deaths which have occurred since Qatar won the bid to host the World Cup.

I might be mistaken, but the Olympics don't award the hosting rights to nations whom don't have the infrastructure in place. If I am mistaken, my point is that the infrastructure must be in place BEFORE and, not something in hindsight. What happens if a bid wins, then all the promises are bodged through poor building or simply doesn't happen due to the lack of funds/interest to fulfil the plans?

I'm not remotely interested in the World Cup in Qatar.

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On 24/01/2022 at 11:36, Piethagoram said:

Thinking outside the box, if the EU past a directive to say all sporting organisations whose competitions are held in EU countries, need FULL transparency of their financial accounts ( and history thereof).

There's no way the EU would ever pass a law like that, as you would need 27 countries to effectively rule out holding a UEFA or FIFA tournament ever again (those organisations aren't based in Switzerland for nothing). Given the EU's lack of a response to the European Super League plans (aside from a non-binding resolution by parliament), I can hardly see it taking on FIFA and UEFA. And the national FAs in Asia and Africa aren't going to jettison FIFA in favour of a Europe-centric organisation either. If anything, the EU could have some clout over UEFA, should it choose to use it.

What we SHOULD have is transparent, democratic organisations running international football, but with the national FAs being so invested in the gravy train it's difficult to see how we get there.

Going back to Qatar, I'm minded to just not watch it, but that's hardly going to change anything. Surely there's something more creative we as fans could be doing?

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Yeah I’m really going to struggle to get any enjoyment out this competition and I don’t think I’ll be watching it. In some ways it’s shame it coincides with England being good again but you can’t just forget how corrupt it is and how many workers lost their lives.

I'm amazed how many companies are willing to be associated with it for the sponsorship and advertising. This might have potentially caused some issues but from what I gather the likes of McDonalds and Budweiser are signed up. And David Beckham I’ve no idea who advises him (someone greedy) suggested he should be an ambassador for this tournament, it’s embarrassing and thoughtless.

As what for fans could though, that is a good question. I’m sure/hope as the World cup gets closer it’ll be make the news for the wrong reason and some organisation will do something that can be beneficial and allow the protesting voices to be heard. I’ll be amazed if there aren’t already groups organising protests and I’ll be amazed if all the games run smoothly, I’m sure they’ll be some sort of disruption.

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How Qatar won the right to hold the World Cup is mind boggling. I think we all know how they won, ching ching, you know what I mean!

I won't be watching the WC for the first time in my life. The treatment of workers who built the stadium, the on going persecution of the LGBTQ community etc etc. I love the WC, but peoples rights come first. We are all equal in my eyes. 

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I have no interest in it, not at all.

They're counting on fans to travel and if anyone is bothered about the deaths involved, along with the tournament being bought by Qatar. Supporters shouldn't travel, I don't see it happening. I wonder if politics will make its way into the tournament, will Qatar be favoured by officials? The excitement as been spoiled and I can imagine England would do well due to some England supporters not being as bothered.

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I am amazed that after all the knee taking and everything that goes with it that we are even going to compete. Surely what happens over there is as bad, if not worse than what happens here, and I'm not for one minute suggesting there is no discrimination or racism, of course there is , we have all heard/ seen it, but I just wonder how footballers who have been , quite rightly very quick to criticise fans and organisations,  can then happily go and play a tournament in a country with a very questionable human rights record. I would have more respect for their viewpoint if they pulled out and made a very significant point. Not expecting it to happen though, but I am certain that they will continue to criticise anyone in this country who may have a different opinion to one they hold. Double standards, if its wrong its wrong, has to be consistency. 

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9 hours ago, upthepies said:

I thought England talked about not entering the Qatar World Cup?

If they did i didn't hear about it, personally I think there is a zero possibility that would happen...but I live in hope, after all I'm a Notts fan.

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when i watch games, which probably wont be many i will do so thinking about the lives that have been lost.

and whilst the deaths should have been avoided, i think remembering this dark side of qatar is something we should all do. so many lifes effected by the decsion and work conditions. :( 

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